The media has long forgotten the AMIA issue, but we don’t intend to let go anytime soon. Certainly not until Tehran owns up to its responsibility in the killing of 85 civilians.
So what’s new? Well, Argentina long ago moved to begging mode. This was reflected again recently when its Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich made clear that Buenos Aires is still awaiting word from Tehran regarding the way forward. Don’t hold your breath, we say.
Meanwhile, the establishment continues to provide the government with cover in this farce. Case in point: federal judge in charge of the AMIA investigation, Rodolfo Canicoba Corral, just refused to declare the unconstitutionality of the Memorandum of Understanding. This decision came in response to a demand to this effect by Alberto Nisman, the veteran special prosecutor of the bombing.
To soften the blow, Canicoba Corral promised that the INTERPOL red notices issued against Iranians involved in the deadly attack will not be lifted.
We have our doubts: while the MOU helped Iran clear its name to some extent in the eyes of those willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, the main prize for Tehran is cancellation of the red notices. So it’s probably no coincidence that INTERPOL Secretary General, Ronald K. Noble, has proposed a way to unblock the AMIA impasse.
An INTERPOL statement quotes Noble as saying that “both Iran and Argentina are valued members of INTERPOL and share a wide range of common concerns in our global efforts to combat terrorism and other serious transnational crimes.” While we understand he has to be diplomatic, Iran is definitely part of the problem when it comes to terrorism.
If INTERPOL provides the Iranian masterminds of the AMIA bombing with a way out, it might as well declare bankruptcy. Since this issue has long bored the media, we’ll continue to keep an eye on this ourselves.